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Action Item:  MI State Board of Ed. meeting Nov. 10

Action Item: MI State Board of Ed. meeting Nov. 10

| November 2, 2015 | Reply

From the posted agenda, it appears that the November 10 Michigan State Board of Education (SBE) will continue to discuss the social studies standards but the draft science standards are an “action item” for “approval.  There are still many unanswered questions regarding the science standards that we articulated here and have not received any reply. […]

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Good grief!  Charlie Brown is “College & Career Ready”

Good grief! Charlie Brown is “College & Career Ready”

| October 12, 2015 | 2 Replies

I’m “excited” to announce that Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts are all college and career ready.  Never mind that Charles Schulz created the popular cartoon characters decades before David Coleman began destroying creativity in the classroom; Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the gang are all aligned to the Common Core State […]

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MDE Info Sessions Leave Many Questions Unanswered

MDE Info Sessions Leave Many Questions Unanswered

| October 9, 2015 | Reply

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has completed its series of information sessions on the proposed new science and social studies standards.  However, the sessions have left parents and educators with more questions than answers.  What is the cost of the adopting and implementing the new standards for the state and local districts?  The MDE […]

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Digital Dunce Caps in Our Schools

Digital Dunce Caps in Our Schools

| October 8, 2015 | Reply

I received a disturbing message from a concerned mom with a kindergartener worried about a teacher app called Class Dojo that tracks student behavior in class.  She wrote, The teacher displays the app for the class to see. Each child has a monster avatar with points. The app also sends points to parents during the […]

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Update on Proposed Science and Social Studies

Update on Proposed Science and Social Studies

| October 5, 2015 | Reply

Since we posted, “Action Needed: New Science and Social Studies Standards being proposed” which highlighted our concerns with the proposed standards, the Michigan Department of Education (SBE) has been hearing an earful from concerned parents and citizens.  We are making a difference! Thank you to all who have commented on their website or attended their […]

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Digital Badges and Your Child’s Future

Digital Badges and Your Child’s Future

| October 1, 2015 | Reply

It is becoming very clear that adopting Common Core is about a whole lot more than just a ‘higher standard” for Michigan students but was the catalyst to a fundamental transformation in education in our state and the country.  One aspect of the transformation that is relatively unknown to most people is how data relates […]

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Announcing Freedom to Learn Event

Announcing Freedom to Learn Event

| September 28, 2015 | Reply

ANNOUNCING – A STOP Common Core / FREEDOM TO LEARN EVENT WEDNESDAY September 30, 2015 in Lansing. 2:00-4:00 Visit your Rep/Senator. Message to include: – Repeal Common Core – Respect Parent opt out – Too much testing – Stop Science & Social Studies standards STOP P-20 Human Capital Workforce Development Other topics welcome. HOT SHEETS […]

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SBE Member Eileen Weiser Responds

SBE Member Eileen Weiser Responds

| September 17, 2015 | 1 Reply

After the September 1 Michigan Department of Education information session in Detroit, I wrote about a conversation Northville parent Tamara Carlone had with State Board of Education member Eileen Wieser.  After the event,  Carlone showed Weiser numerous factual errors in the draft of the Social Studies Standards.  For instance, stating we are a “constitutional democracy” […]

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Will College Board dictate Michigan curricula?

Will College Board dictate Michigan curricula?

| September 15, 2015 | Reply

Pop Quiz: 1.  Which organization partnered with Achieve, the NGA, and the CCSSO to create Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Michigan adopted in 2010? 2.   Which organization hired David Coleman, the lead architect of CCSS, as President in 2012? 3.  Which organization partnered with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to create a STEM credential?  […]

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STEM Legislation Update

STEM Legislation Update

| September 9, 2015 | Reply

ACTION ITEM on SB 169/170 and HB 4284/4285.  Legislation to credential students for STEM career pathway. ==> Call House Education Committee Chair Amanda Price (517-373-0838) and tell her bills affecting education should be discussed in the Education Committee not moved out to a more favorable committee to get quick passage.. This Thursday the House Education […]

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